Skip navigation

HT1449: iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder

Learn about iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder

HT1449 Moving iTunes media folder

321 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2013 9:36 AM by varjak paw RSS
davidfromgillingham Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Apr 16, 2013 7:38 AM

I've copied my media folder from one NAS drive to another. I've moved my library file. I've set the new location of the media file in Preferences. I've consolidated the library. iTunes still insists in looking at the old location, though. Any ideas?

Airport Express, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 16, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to davidfromgillingham)

    Setting the preference in the Advanced preferences only sets where iTunes will put new content. That does not change where it looks for existing content. You should never manually move folders unless you intend to rebuild your library. Otherwise you break the connections iTunes has to the files. The way you should move tracks is to avoid moving things yourself, set the location for the iTunes Media/Music folder in the Advanced preferences, and then use the Consolidate command. iTunes will move the tracks to the new location itself and update the path names in its database file.


    As it is now, you may be able to recover by moving the media folder back to its original location. If that restores the connections, then confirm that the location in the Advanced preferences is where you want it to be now, then use the Consolidate command again.



  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 16, 2013 9:36 AM (in response to davidfromgillingham)

    Glad it seems to be working out. Cheers.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.